Just over a month into the 2010 Hurricane Season, we’ve already had an intense hurricane roam the Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane Alex became the first Atlantic Basin June hurricane in 15 years. It didn’t stop there. Alex became one of the most intense June hurricanes since the 1950s and 1960s.
Given the ominous seasonal forecasts submitted by NOAA, Colorado State University, and WSI, you may wonder based on Alex, if we’re headed for another destructive season like 2005.
Hurricane Alex (Jun. 30, 2010)
Image: NASA MODIS
Are we on 2005’s pace?
We all vividly recall the destruction the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season wrought. You may remember we had to move to the Greek alphabet for names, once the list ran out after “Wilma”. One other hallmark of the season was how l-o-n-g the season lasted. After singing a verse of “Auld Lang Syne” ringing in the new year, we still had Tropical Storm Zeta to monitor.
So, let’s compare the current season with 2005’s status, up through July 10.
So far in 2010, Hurricane Alex has been our only named storm. T.D. 2 gave it the good college try, but wasn’t able to organize sufficiently prior to its South Padre Island, TX landfall.
That means 2010 is 3 named storms and 1 hurricane behind 2005’s pace through July 10.
How meaningful is that, relative to the rest of the season?
– Weather.com – by Jonathan Erdman, Editorial Meteorologist